Friday, 18 January 2013

Truckers - Sepia Saturday

I struggled to find suitable photos for the post this week.

However in Norway in the years 1910-1920 the Fred Hansen Company were quite proud of one of the first vehicles to be used in Stavanger.

Fred Hansen - Groceries
In 1939 driver David Tiokasin was proud of his truck.

Truck driver David Tiokasin and his truck
Now if I only knew which is David, the man in the cab or the one posing with the vehicle. On the basis that the photo was posed by the Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs I guess that the truck is a left-hand drive and David has got out of the cab to pose.

I struggled to find a truck in the Museum of Hartlepool's photo stream unless you count the back of a van in this York Road scene.

York Road, West Hartlepool
Mind you there are a couple of men on the corners of the street.

There was a major fire at Hartlepool in 1922 with much damage to the town; people lost their homes and most of their belongings. Many had to move.

Moving Out - Hartlepool 1922
It wasn't the horse and cart that caught my eye but rather that steam driven vehicle behind. (Again, thanks to the Museum of Hartlepool)

I haven't been to many places where cars and trucks are banned. However back in 2008 we spent our golden wedding anniversary (courtesy of our three children) on the island of Tresco in the Isles of Scilly. Transport round the island is provided inn trailers pulled by tractors; otherwise you have to walk unless you hire one of these.

Tresco - Golf Cart
We walked!

Now it's a case of "Over and Out!" But before you go drive over to Sepia-saturday-160.


Peter said...

I see this steam driven vehicle carries a license plate. It looks like a van. Have those records been archived in the UK? It that case it might be possible to determine what make it is (in case you are interested of course). I also notice a photobomb (left) in that picture.
Never heard of Tresco so I looked it up. Thanks for a brief geography lesson :)

Wendy said...

What an interesting assortment of vehicles. Here in the US, many island communities and senior communities use golf carts instead of cars. Now, I have to admit, I was surprised at how wide the York Road is. I envisioned England as having only little narrow roads. Too many movies, I guess.

Jean Knill said...

Fascinating stuff, Bob. Some years back we were at the Great Dorset Steam Fair where they had rows of antique trucks and my hubby saw one that could have been driven by his father when he was a sapper in WW2 punching up through Italy to pave the way for the troops behind. Sadly I didn't have my camera that day.

Bob Scotney said...

@Peter - The steam lorry (or wagon) has a fascinating history; there were a number of manufacturers whose whole production had been commandeered for WWI; I'm trying to trace U 3435 which is definitely a flat bed boddy begind that big cab

Alan Burnett said...

If that is struggling, I can't imagine what it would be like if it was easy for you. I can't think of a potential theme that could leave you without one of your fascinating posts.

Little Nell said...

I liked the posers as as much as the trucks - evidently with pride. Now that little Tresco truck I could do with here - very nippy. BTW your link on Mr Linky deosn't work.

Helen Bauch McHargue said...

Tresco looks beautiful. I too got a geography lesson from your post. Now I've got this island added to my wish list of future destinations. Of course, the trucks are interesting too.

Tina´s PicStory said...

so interesting to see this old pics :)

Helen Bauch McHargue said...

Like others, I learned about Tresco from this post. What a beautiful place. It's now on my dream list of spots to visit. The trucks are interesting as well.

Postcardy said...

Photos of vehicles are best with posers like those photos. I like the mystery man in the background of the second photo.

Brett Payne said...

An interesting study of men and their motor vehicles, thank you Bob.

Boobook said...

Fred's vehicle doesn't look very weatherproof!
Nice collection of photos Bob.

Jo said...

I remember being on one of the Channel Islands, Sark I think, and vehicles were not permitted. Maybe they use golf carts these days.

Interesting look back.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

You gave us quite a variety. I have never heard of towns where cars are not allowed. The photo of the people moving because of the fire was very moving to me.

Thanks, Bob.

Kathy M.

Anonymous said...

Hartlepool... I recognize that name. My (Dutch) father called it 'Hartjepoel'. Definitely worth a visit! Interesting post, thank you.

Karen S. said...

Yes sir, many a man have and still do a fine love affair (hahahaha) with their truck! Our favorite campground has those golf carts running all over the place- we finally got one for around our property, but no one uses it- and all the kids just had to rent one of them at the campground! Go figure right!

ScotSue said...

You came up with some interesting photographs on the theme. I particularly liked the one of Hartlepool following the fire. It had a poignancy about it.

Mike Burnett said...

A learning week this week. I thought I had a reasonable knowledge of UK history but I'd never heard of the the Hartlepool fire. Found an interesting site. It even has possible images for next week's SS.

Thanks Bob

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob .. congratulations on 54 years and counting of marriage - I hadn't realised that was the reason for your trip to Tesco - lovely thought from your children.

I love the old machines .. trucks, cars, coaches, trains etc etc ..

Cheers Hilary

Hazel Ceej said...

I keep wondering at the 'roundness' of the steam on the engine behind the Hartlepool residents. So Norway and my country (of birth) are the same as far as left-hand driving is concerned and/or at least during these years.

Thanks for dropping by my nook and for the warm welcome.

Joan said...

I could hardly take my eyes away from the first picture. That stance of pride is one I have often seen in photos of the men in my family -- but then they loved that infernal internal combustion machine.

Mike Brubaker said...

I think the transition from the horse drawn wagons to truck/lorry drivers must have given a sense of pride in the new vehicle that was prized like a valued horse.

I once played an outdoor concert at a gated golfing community where many patrons drove up in their golf carts and parked like at a drive-in movie. When they had enough music they drove off - silently too.


Better off walking than driving one of these on those Sicilian roads. No matter how lovely the scenery may be, you don't want to go off one of those cliffs.